George Floyd Denied Pardon After His Death

( A posthumous pardon was denied to George Floyd by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, according to Newsmax. The board decided to leave the drug conviction Floyd received back in 2004.

Allison Mathis, an attorney with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Houston filed for the pardon in April 2021, when she recommended that Floyd be granted “a full pardon and/or pardon for innocence.” The board notified her of their decision last week.

The drug possession came from a conviction in 2004 when Floyd sold $10 worth of crack cocaine to another suspect, who then sold it to an undercover cop. Houston police officer Gerald Goines subsequently arrested Floyd, where he pled guilty and served 10 months in jail.

Goines has recently become part of investigations over accusations that he fabricated “the existence of confidential informants to bolster his cases against innocent defendants.” Goines reportedly fabricated an informant to secure a warrant against an older couple for selling heroin out of their home in 2019. The police then conducted a no-knock raid against the couple, who were shot and killed in the incident.

While police originally reported that one of the two shot at officers first, reports later revealed that the police shot at the family dog first, leading to several officers shot and wounded in the altercation.

No heroin was found in the home, according to reports. Goines admitted to fabricating an informant after he said the couple sold him heroin. Goines claims his innocence, but has been charged with two counts of felony murder.

The board had unanimously voted to recommend a pardon for Floyd last year but has since reconsidered. The board’s letter did not specify any reason why the pardon was denied but informed the family that they can reapply in two years. At least 150 drug convictions connected to Goines have reportedly been dismissed since the raid on the couple, but Floyd remains the exception.